Saturday, 23 November 2013

The Quilt Photography Workshop: Japanese Fabric Zipper Pouch

 This month's challenge at Beth's "The Quilt Photography Workshop" is all about colour and using white balance to get the truest representation of that colour. To practise using the white balance on my camera (actually a Nokia N8 phone) I decided to use a Japanese fabric zipper pouch I made using a beautiful bundle of fabric from Nunoya.

Nunoya is a Spanish based company specialising in Japanese fabrics retail and wholesale. Their shop is located in Barcelona's historic centre but they also have a very good on line shop. I found out about them at a fair in Milan. Take a look at the Japanese fabrics they stock in their on line shop, you'll be really impressed! From Echino to Nani Iro by Naomi Ito (stunning double gauze fabric), from kawaii to traditional motifs.

Back to the challenge: I started off by taking photos of the pouch using the white balance presets on the phone, taking the same photo using each time with a different setting. Here's the result:

Custom white balance setting



I then tried out the manual exposure  function on the camera. I can only change using preset exposure ranging from -2.0 to + 2.0. Here are the photos I took:





To finish off, I tired changing the colour of the background, with the same order of white balance: custom, daylight, cloudy, tungsten and fluorescent:

Look at the difference the background makes, it's incredible. Conclusions? My favourite is actually the first photo. I know, after all that, it's the custom white balance setting, on a light background! But to be honest, the truest colours are in the cloudy version. This challenge has been super interesting and I've learned so much!

Plum and June


  1. Oh, such a great example using your phone's camera! Great job!!! I learned a lot in this challenge as well. Cloudy ended up being my best one next to custom.

  2. It really is amazing how different the colors can look, just by changing little things!

    Thank you so much for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  3. This is really interesting. I tend to make my adjustments in editing... I should look up the white balance option (if my camera has that!) Your Japanese pouch is very pretty!


  4. Thanks for sharing this - it is really interesting to have a look through. I love to see the differences in the background too.

  5. Very interesting to see the differences, I need to play with the white balance settings in my camera. Cute pouch :)

  6. I love those cheerful red Japanese fabrics. I lived in Japan for two years recently. I wish I'd collected more fabric like THAT. Found your blog through Knotted Cotton's Slow Blogger linkup.

  7. Such a lovely pouch! I really need to pay more attention to the settings on my dslr! Thanks for linking up :)

  8. Thanks for the link to Nunoya online shop. Awesome Japanese fabrics! And I like the first picture after you change the background too :)

  9. Interesting results:) I am always wondering what I can do better when I take photos.

  10. Interesting results:) I am always wondering what I can do better when I take photos.

  11. Interesting to see the differences between the photos with different settings. Thanks for sharing your results.

    Jenn from Mellycoddle :).